How to play this skills building game Catch and Drop Four Square.

Learning the skills necessary to play four square isn't always easy for beginners. By introducing this game, you can help youth practice four square skills and rules before stepping into a full game. The Game of the Week is Catch and Drop Four Square!

Group Size:  

Any Size of 4 or more

Age Group: 

 Pre K-Grades 2

Length of Activity: 

 10 minutes or more

Developmental Goal: 

 To develop hand-eye coordination.


 Bouncy Balls

Before You Start: 
Skills Practiced:  Underhand and overhand ball hitting, ball placement and agility.
Equipment Needed:  Enough standard rubber playground balls for each group.
  • Explain how to hit the ball and where to place the ball.
  • Use volunteers to demonstrate. 
  • Point out various rules and directions. 
  • Choose several volunteer groups to demonstrate before having everyone begin.
  • Ask everyone how many bounces can occur in their square and to name three ways that play can be stopped.

Set Up: 
Use the four-square courts on the playground and/or draw new courts with chalk if needed.

How To Play: 
  • The game begins when one player serves the ball. 
  • Players let the ball bounce once and then hit it into a different player’s box. 
  • The receiving player must let the ball bounce once, and then s/he may catch it before, s/he returns the ball in the same manner.
  • Play continues until the ball:

    • Is hit outside the square.
    • Bounces twice before it is returned.
    • Is not allowed to bounce.
    • Is hit onto a line
  • When a player stops the play, s/he goes to the end of the line and a new player comes in square D. The remaining players close the gaps, moving up as necessary.

  • Instead of allowing a catch before the ball is returned, you can allow a variety of different techniques before each player returns the ball. 
  • Examples are bubbles or spins.

Find more new and exciting games in our games database!

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